United States v. Stein - Was the Government's Conduct Outrageous?

December 12, 2007 Published Work
Criminal Litigation, the Newsletter of the ABA's Section of Litigation, Committee on Criminal Litigation, Fall 2007

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has issued a series of remarkable opinions in United States v. Stein - a case reported to involve the largest tax fraud prosecution ever brought by the United States Government. Judge Kaplan's latest decision, the third in the series ("Stein III"), orders the dismissal of charges against thirteen defendants based on a finding of outrageous government conduct. This article discusses the relevant facts and the extraordinary remedy ordered in this prosecution.